It's no wonder to me that one might be confused about the title of this blog.  "Dusty Ribs," you ask?  "What is that, some horrid BBQ restaurant that didn't exactly meet the state health requirements for cleanliness?"

Why, no, but I like your logic and it amuses me.  No, Dusty Ribs is the newlywed state of living for my husband and I.  Let's start where every good story begins - at the beginning.  For this particular tale, we must go WAYYYYY back....back to the beginning of all of our stories.

"This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."

So, as you can see, from the beginning of time, the very first people God ever created were designed to be together.  You know how nowadays, couples come up with their own "celebrity couple names?"  Think "Brangelina."  Well, I've decided that a universal "couple name" that would work for my husband and I as newlywed Christians is Dusty Ribs.  He's the dust, and I'm the rib.  We go together like peas and carrots, flowers and chocolate, cake and ice cream, a bubble bath and a great glass of wine - we just fit together.  In fact, we are in a small group at our church that is comprised of young, newlywed couples, and we've adopted the name DUSTYRibs because it's symbolic of all of us and the covenants we made on our respective wedding days.

Something I am hugely passionate about is marriage and, specifically, striving to constantly work alongside my husband to create a marriage that is honoring to God, to him, and to me. When God directed the vision of coming up with the catch-phrase DUSTYRibs, He ignited a fire within me to use the spiritual gifts He blessed me with to lift up and encourage others. You see, a strong marriage doesn't just affect the husband and wife who are in it. A strong marriage has generational value and is the foundation on which families are built. 
Unfortunately, in this day and age, many people vow to love and honor their spouse "'til you disappoint me" or "'til I find someone I like better." I'm here to tell you that the traditional vow turns out much better, because it is a three-point covenant - it draws you and your spouse closer to God, which in turn brings you closer to one another.  I feel that this blog is a ministry or missions opportunity - by uplifting and encouraging spouses in times of need, and by pointing them to the only One who has all the answers, I may be able to play a little tiny part in growing up strong marriages. That'd be a-okay with me, y'all!